I haven't built a new PC in 7 years- I've been using a Core2Duo at work and home and I'd just gotten used to that level of speed. Holy crap this thing is fast!
This will be a gaming machine- I'm keeping the Windows 10 install lean and efficient.. probably won't even install office. Leave the browsing and light office work for a tablet.
I've been saving for a while now, picking out parts and lurking around forums, waiting until the Polaris/Pascal release before I started picking up parts. I managed to save 13% overall, but man did that 1080 ever put a dent in my wallet!
I've always built my own machines- I've dabbled with a water-cooled SFF (remember shuttle?) as well as a host of air-cooled ATX. I like the compromise of mATX- I simply don't need those extra PCIx slots. The Prodigy M was very nice to work in- plenty of space to tuck cables (although my power supply, while full modular, is about as long as you could hope to work with in this case (if using a full-length video card).
The rads and big fans keep things cool and quiet. I have the giant lower fan set to intake while both rads are set to exhaust. I'm very happy with the airflow! The case is so wide that there's still plenty of ventilation for the non-water cooled parts. Everything's running very stable. I haven't dabbled with the OC yet, beyond 4.4Ghz.
I'm very happy with the result! Here's the next steps:
Get my hands on a Vive! Gotta keep saving... maybe Kijiji? (Done! Worth it!)
I may consider plugging the fans/pump into a fan controller, rather than running all off the motherboard. I don't totally trust it.
Lighting perhaps? I was thinking purple? I don't want to overdo it though... the red and white looks nice.
Update- 26/10/2016- added image to show airflow Update 04/07/2018- Upgraded storage (250G to 1tb) as I was a little low on space